Hello Ollie Fabrics :: Scout Tee and Colfax Dress

Lace Color Blocked Scout Tee :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  Happy crazy week to you!  I have been so busy with last minute Halloween prep, I feel like I’m having a hard time keeping track of what day it is and who I am.  I thought this was going to be the year of no handmade anything for Halloween, but I was surprised (pleasantly so) when Sweet Pea asked me to make her an elf queen costume!  It would have been received a little more pleasantly if the request wasn’t put in on Monday, and the Halloween party is tonight!  Yikes!

Lace Color Blocked Scout Tee :: Dandelion Drift

You’re not here to listen to my Halloween woes, though.  You’d much rather hear about the pretty fabric I played with and what I made out of it!  Six months ago, Bonnie asked me if I would be interested in contributing some fabric creations to her spring quilt market booth and play with her new line of fabric!  The obvious answer when you are asked to play with fabric is yes…so that’s just what I said!

Lace Color Blocked Scout Tee :: Dandelion Drift

This is Bonnie’s line of fabric with Art Gallery Fabrics, titled Hello Ollie.  Here is Bonnies super sweet description of the fabric:

Like the delicate trace left by a Swan’s dance on the water, this collection illustrates the image of spending an afternoon in the meadow by the lake. Named after Bonnie’s daughter, Ollie, sweetness is brought to life with dabbling swans, feathered fellows and garden blooms.

And it is just that!  Every fabric in this line is sweet and inviting!  This fabric is printed on certified organic fabric, and just like all Art Gallery fabric, is super soft and drapes beautifully!  I sewed two familiar patterns, the scout tee and colfax dress.  Both things I’ve made many times before and was happy to have a little piece that I could help with in making Bonnie’s Hello Ollie booth beautiful!

Lace Color Blocked Scout Tee :: Dandelion Drift

The scout tee was sewed with a lace color block up top, just like I did last time I sewed this pattern.  I love the combination of the sweet swans with the lace!

Hello Ollie Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The colfax dress, my third make of this pattern, is such a great pattern, and pairs perfectly with the swan fabric!

Hello Ollie Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Just like when you are asked to play with fabric, the obvious answer is yes, your answer should be yes when I ask you if you want to get more great inspiration of Hello Ollie projects!

Pop around all of the lovely makers who have sewed with Hello Ollie fabric (there’s a full list of blog tour ladies here) and also take a look at Sarah’s beautiful swan quilt here!

Style Maker Fabrics Ginger Jeans and Archer Button Up

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

I am thrilled to share with you two new wardrobe staples I sewed in conjunction with Style Maker Fabrics and their fall blog tour.  Michelle at Style Maker Fabrics kindly provided me the fabric, and I happily sewed myself a new pair of Ginger Jeans and an Archer Button Up!

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

Let me start by sharing the Archer Button Up details.  I had the hardest time choosing a fabric.  There are so many choices at Style Maker Fabrics, but I ended up landing on this blue rayon challis fabric.  I, of course, was immediately drawn to the color.  I don’t know if you have noticed, but blue is my favorite color (my little wardrobe is a testament to that!).  But I also loved the quirky little print on the fabric, glasses.  When I was growing up, I wished that I needed glasses.  I think they look attractive.  I even convinced my parents to take me to get my eyes examined, only to be disappointed when the doctor told me I had perfect vision!

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift   Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

The fabric is a great quality and has a really nice drape!  This isn’t the first archer I’ve sewn, but it is the first one that I have sewn for me.  I noticed last time I sewed the pattern that the  torso was a bit shorter than I liked.  I lengthened my Archer pattern by 1.25 inches.

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

I used a few new tools with this button up (pictured here in my ig account).  I really love the button hole chisel and the expanding sewing gauge.  I would say they both are a worthy investment to add to your sewing tool bucket!

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, the ginger jeans.  I have been wanting a pair of black jeans, but hesitant because I don’t want my black jeans to fade into gray jeans.  I looked around the Style Maker Fabric site and found this stretch black twill bottom weight.  I was a bit hesitant to request this fabric because I typically shy away from polyester, but let me tell you, these are the most comfortable and most flattering pants I own.  If Michelle carried this fabric in a variety of colors, I would have a wardrobe full of ginger jeans, all made out of this fabric!

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

This is my second pair of ginger jeans (first blogged, I still need to photograph my denim pair) and I am amazed at how well this pattern fits!  I secretly think Heather knew my body details when she was drafting this pattern.  It fits my muscular thighs.  It doesn’t make my toosh feel like it is out of proportion with my waist (like my store bought pants do).  These pants just fit so well!  Josh keeps singing Grease Lighting when he sees me in them, I’ll take that as a compliment!

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

I graded between a size 6 at the waist, out to a size 8 for the hips on down.  I did need to shorten the pattern a bit.  I took out 1/2 inch above the knee and 1/2 inch below the knee.  And that wasn’t enough, I ended up taking off another 2 inches at the ankle (but I was going for a shorter, ankle length on these pants).  I also needed to remove some excess fabric from behind the knee.

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

So here’s a quick recap of the patterns, fabrics, and sewing details!

Pattern:  Archer Button Up

Size:  4

Fabric: Blue Rayon Challis from Style Maker Fabrics

Alterations:  Lengthened bodice 1.25 inches

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

Pattern: Ginger Jeans

Size: 6 at waist, graded to 8 at hips

Fabric: Black Stretch Twill Bottom Weight from Style Maker Fabrics

Alterations:

  • Shortened the legs, .5 inches above kneed, .5 inches below knee, and removed another 2 inches at hem.
  • Sewed with .5 inch seam allowance on side seams and back (bottom seam)

Notions: Rivets and rivet tools are from Citron Jeans; button is dritz from JoAnn

You can continue following along on the Style Maker Fabrics fall blog tour tomorrow with Sara from The Sara Project!  And thank you Michelle from Style Maker Fabrics for including me on the tour, I love my new pants and button up!

Grainline Studio Morris Blazer

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  I know I’ve mentioned it on instagram, but I’m not sure I’ve shared this over here, this winter we are headed on a trip.  A pretty big trip…we are headed to Japan!  Woo hoo!  And traveling to somewhere cold in the winter has led me to think of sewing some layering clothes, like this Grainline Studio Morris Blazer!

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, let me fill you in a bit on the trip.  My sister in law works for the military and has been working over in Japan for the past two years.  Ever since she started her three year term in Japan, Josh and I have been saving our pennies to fly on over there.  Last April we finally had enough money saved up (combined with some frequent flier miles donated by my mom) to purchase the plane tickets for our little family of four!  Now all of our spare dollars have been going into savings so we can have fun while we are in Japan…woo hoo!

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

I’ve been gearing up for the fun in Japan (and prepping the kids for the really long flight).  And only recently it occurred to me that it’s going to be cold in Japan.  Really cold, probably not for you guys, but really cold for this Florida family!  So that led to me thinking I need to start ramping up my layering wardrobe!

Alright, ready for some sewing talk?  This is the morris blazer pattern, which I’m assuming you’ve seen before.  There are numerous great morris blazers out there!  I didn’t know if I was a blazer girl or not, but about six months ago I decided I’d like to give the pattern a try.  I ordered the paper pattern from Indiesew and then I just let it sit there!  For a whole six months.

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

I actually had ordered some fabric with the blazer in mind and then decided it didn’t have enough structure for the blazer.  Coincidentally that fabric became this maxi dress (blogged about here).  So the fabric hunt continued.  I was looking for a ponte knit without much polyester.  I found just the fabric I wanted on etsy and it actually has no polyester…woo hoo!  This ponte knit is a rayon, nylon, spandex blend and it is truly great!

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

The pattern came together smoothly!  The only little bump I ran into was while I was sewing on the lapel facing, I should have used my walking foot, but I didn’t.  And my un-interfaced fabric wanted to stretch when sewn to the interfaced lapel.  I think using a walking foot would fix the stretching issue I had, either that or interface just the seam line.  Any morris blazer sewists have any advice?  Ooh speaking of interfacing, I purchased a tricot fusible interfacing, but I bought it so long ago I can’t remember where I ordered it from!

Okay here’s a quick recap of the sewing details:

Pattern: Grainline Studio Morris Blazer from Indiesew

Fabric: Black Ponte Knit

Size: 4, no alterations

Alterations for next time: use walking foot to avoid stretching out the fabric, lengthen arms by 1 inch

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

I’m sharing this ponte blazer with you in conjunction with Indiesew’s cardigan week.  Allie kindly is offering all Indie Sew customers a 15% discount on all cardigans and blazers in the shop through Sunday, October 11.  Just use the code FALLCARDIGANS16 when you check out!

 

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

I have some Grainline Studio love to share with you today!  Jen was probably the first indie pattern designer I ever became aware of and I started following her blog immediately.  I have since sewn five of her patterns: the maritime shorts, archer shirt, lakeside pajamas, scout tee, and the cascade duffle coat.  And now I’m happy to add a sixth of her patterns to my closet, the alder shirtdress!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

love a good shirtdress, and this pattern is so, so good.  As always, Jen’s patterns are drafted so well!  The fit is always great and rarely requires any alterations!  My measurements placed me in a size four, which is what I sewed with no alterations!I

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Jen has a really great sew along on her blog to walk you through, step by step of the sewing process!  I find that a bigger project like this is great to do one small step at a time.  It doesn’t feel overwhelming or difficult if I give myself little goals to accomplish each day!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Allie over at Indiesew provided the pattern and fabric for me as part of the Indiesew blogger team.  I immediately knew I wanted to sew my first alder in a chambray fabric.  I love the classic, simple look of a chambray shirtdress!  This is the ocean sunwashed chambray from the Indiesew shop.  It’s a great fabric, and I’m thrilled to have just a bit leftover, enough I think to sew up a little cami!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Since my fabric had no details to it, all one color, I wanted to make sure my topstitching was perfect.  I did my absolute best to slow down as I topstitched and not rush the process.  My edgestitch foot on my Bernina is such a great help in making sure that my topstitching is accurate!  I also was very choosy about my buttons.  I knew I wanted metal buttons and I searched at my local JoAnn’s and then decided to look a bit online.  I found these silver metal buttons, and fell in love with the back side of them.  They were simple, but intersting to me with the long holes in the front.  I asked around on instagram how to tackle those long holes and @mama_kylie suggested sewing the holes, top to bottom with thread!  I love the simpleness of it and love the final look!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Phew…lots of information!  Here’s a quick recap!

Pattern:  Alder Shirtdress , view B

Size: 4, no alterations

Fabric: ocean sunwashed chambray

Buttons: silver metal buttons

Modifications next time: lengthen bodice 1/2 inch, lengthen skirt 1/2 inch

The fabric and pattern were provided to me by Indiesew.  As always, all opinions are 100% mine and honest!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts

Hey there!  So I showed off a new pattern last week, and here’s the second pattern Kelli (at True Bias just released), the Mini Emerson pattern.  This again is the tester version.

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed up  a size ten for Sweet Pea, lengthening it 1.5 inches.  Kelli’s pattern runs very true to size.  My 12 year old is just thin and tall.

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Her waist measurements put her in a size 10, but her hip measurement is a bit bigger.  To accommodate the larger hip size, I did a full seat adjustment on these shorts, and they fit her perfectly!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

These shorts are reached for again and again, and I’m sure the fabric has something to do with it!  I used leftover rayon challis from this dress I made myself.  Now that I see these in rayon, I definitely want to make myself a pair of rayon emerson shorts!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Details:

Pattern: Mini Emerson Shorts

Size: 10

Fabric: Rayon Challis (from JoAnn)

Modifications: lengthen 1.5 inches, full seat adjustment to accommodate a larger hip size than the pattern is drafted for

*As a pattern tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing the pattern and providing feedback.  Hardly any changes were made to this pattern while testing.  Kelli just changed the pocket bag slightly to give it a perfect fit!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Mini Ogden Cami

Hey there!  Happy September!  I have two new great patterns to share with you this week.  Today, I’ll share the mini ogden cami pattern, one of Kelli’s (from True Bias) newest patterns.  I helped her test this pattern, so what you are seeing here is the tester version.

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

My girl is a bit particular about her clothes.  Her daily wear is dependent on comfort, and as a homeschooling family, this often results in athletic shorts and t shirts.  These new patterns are just as comfortable to her and she reaches for them often!  I love that these two new patterns from Kelli are of the same comfort level, but definitely look so much nicer!

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

The mini ogden is very similar to the adult version.  It has a sweet v neck front, with a front facing.  The back is a bit different though.  It has a straight seam at the top (instead of the v in the adult version) with elastic casing.  I love the simplicity of this top!

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

This mini ogden was sewn in rayon challis from fabric.com (I don’t see it in stock any longer).  I bought this fabric with my girl in mind, knowing that she loves bold, bright colors!  I didn’t do the best of jobs lining up the stripes on the side seams.  One side matches perfectly, and the one you are seeing here is just slightly off.  I’m sure no one will ever notice in every day life, but it’s a little detail that bugs me!

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glimpse

Pattern: Mini Ogden Cami

Fabric: Rayon Challis from Fabric.com

Size: 10, lengthened 1.5 inches (my girl fits in the size 10 measurements, except she’s a bit taller)

*As a pattern tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing the pattern and providing feedback.  A few minor changes were made to the final pattern, the front neckline was raised .25 inches, the straps were shortened slightly and the elastic was tightened.  All minor changes to help perfect the pattern!

 

Sewing for Men Vintage McCalls 2887

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

It’s not often that I sew something for my man.  I buy patterns, make plans, and for some reason rarely follow through!  Well, I bought this McCalls 2887 from the thrift store several months ago and thought it was finally time to sew it up!  I had bought this Anna Maria Horner loominous fabric (from imagine gnats but it’s no longer in stock there) with a button down shirt in mind for Josh and was so happy to cut into it!

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

I’m guessing this pattern is from the 80s based on the cover photo.  It comes with only one size in the envelope.  The thrift store had two sizes, 42 and 40, so I bought them both.  I used the size 42 for Josh and need to make a few changes to get the fit a little better next time.

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

I decided to go ahead and sew two of these shirts at the same time.  I sewed this one you see here, and a solid blue lawn shirt you can see on the imagine gnats blog today.  Sewing two button downs at the same time, I’ve learned, doesn’t add too much work and you end up with twice as many shirts in the end!

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, so pattern details.  I go into some info about the back yoke over on the imagine gnats blog and the funny pattern piece that came in the envelope.  I also talked over there a bit about the sleeves.  I need to modify the sleeves next time (and they bug me enough that I’m going to seam rip and re set them) but I think they are just big!  They are wide (girth wise) and the sleeve cap didn’t fit into the armscye well.

I also think I need to widen the back at the shoulders.  I did need to change the seam allowance when sewing to avoid pulling at the chest.  The pattern calls for a 5/8 inch seam allowance.  I went down to a 3/8 inch seam allowance at the chest, and transitioned back out to 5/8 at the waist.

Overall, though, it’s a great basic pattern.  I can’t wait to try and make these few modifications next time to help get a perfect fit!  And don’t tell Josh, but I actually really enjoyed sewing for him!  I see many more projects for my man in the future!

Sewing for Men McCalls Loominous :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance:

Pattern:  Vintage McCalls 2887

Size:  42

Fabric:  Anna Maria Horner Loominous

Modifications:  added a real back yoke instead of the faux yoke, added a back pleat

Next time:  widen shoulders and chest, modify sleeve pattern to make narrower and have better fit in armscye

Also check out the other button down I made over at imagine gnats today!

 

Maritime Jean Shorts

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there! I’ve been on a bit of a shorts sewing spree this summer. First, I finished up a pair of maritime shorts. Then I sewed the Tania culottes (blogged about on the imagine gnats blog) and shorts number three were the emerson shorts (I need to photograph and blog them, they’re great!).  And last I sewed a pair of denim maritime shorts.  Maritime Jean shorts…and I am in love! These are the comfiest of shorts!

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

The denim is leftover cone mills denim from my birkin flares.  That means these shorts have 2% stretch, which I think is the key to the most comfortable shorts ever!

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I won’t go into too much detail, since I’ve blogged about the maritime shorts pattern before.  But I did make a couple of changes.  First I lengthened the shorts two inches in order to be able to roll up the hem and not loose the length.  To lengthen them, I added two inches right at the cut line, but in a mirror image fashion.  That way when I rolled them up they  would be the same width as the shorts.

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I also added the back pockets this time around.  I used Jen’s pocket pattern, but I did have to change the pocket placement.  I raised them up a bit higher so they were sitting at a more flattering spot on my bottom.

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I also added belt loops.  These are just the belt loops from the ginger jeans pattern, and I used the general placement of those loops to find where to put them on my shorts.  I also added a jeans button that is a really great quality (this one is from the closet case files shop) and rivets (leftover from my caravan tote).

Denim Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick recap of the pattern and sewing details:

Pattern:  grainline studios maritime shorts

Size:  6

Fabric:  cone mills denim

Changes made: lengthened two inches, lots of top stitching and denim details

Maritime Shorts

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I am so excited to share theses shorts with you today!  These are the maritime shorts by grainline studio, and they are shorts that are a long time in the making for me.  I purchased this pattern over a year ago, immediately cut out the pattern, and then for some reason folded the pattern pieces up and set them aside.  Gah, I am so glad I finally sewed these, though!

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Let me start by telling you about the fabric.  I wish I had taken a before photo, but the fabric for these shorts are from a pair of thrifted capris.  I knew that I loved the fabric of the pants I had found and crossed my fingers that there would be enough fabric to cut out the maritime shorts.  The fabric is a great bottomweight with a little bit of stretch.  I barely could squeeze the maritime shorts out of the thrifted capris.  I didn’t have enough to cut out the back pockets, which I actually like the clean look with no pockets in the back.

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed these up three weeks ago and literally have worn these every week at lest three times each week.  These are crazy comfortable and I think super flattering.

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed a size 6, and didn’t make any changes.  Next time, though, I’d do a full seat adjustment to give my toosh a little extra room.

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Inside the shorts I sewed on a woven tag, and I love this tag!  It’s from Dutch Label Shop…a site where I designed and ordered my own labels.  The site is so easy to work with and the quality of the label is great!

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Quick Recap

Pattern:  Grainline Studios Maritime Shorts

Fabric:  Thrifted Capris that I cut up to use as fabric.  They were a bottomweight with slight stretch

Size:  6

Adjustments Next Time:  Next time, I’d like to do a full seat adjustment.  My waistband in the back dips a bit.

Labels:  Dutch Label Shop

Maritime Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Swing Dress Tutorial

Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift  Summer is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love the slow paced, unplanned days filled with spending quality time with the family.  I also loathe summer a little bit…it’s HOT!  With the heat index yesterday, it felt like 102* outside….yikes!  And it’s only June, which means July and August are just going to get hotter!!!

I love to wear a summer dress to try and beat the heat.  A couple weeks ago I sewed up this swing dress in this lightweight, flowy rayon lycra blend knit from the imagine gnats shop.  It is so comfortable and airy…I know it will be in heavy rotation from my closet this summer!

Want to learn how to sew your own?  It’s really pretty simple.

We’re going to start by making the pattern:

  1. Grab your favorite t shirt and trace around it.  Fold the t shirt in half, tucking the sleeves underneath so you can just trace around the front of the shirt.  Do the same for the back.  Now maneuver the sleeves so you can trace around them.  I like to use two pencils held parallel to each other side by side when tracing to give myself a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
  2. Now extend the side seam and center fold lines for the pattern you just traced to make it the length you would like your dress to be.
  3. We are going to slash and spread the pattern to give this dress some swing.  Draw three lines from the bottom of your front dress piece, stopping at where your natural waist would be.  Cut the three lines, and spread the pattern apart.  The center fold line should remain straight and the spreading should extend the pattern out toward the side seam line.  Do the same for the back pattern piece.  Trace around this slashed and spread pattern and you now have your swing dress pattern.  The sleeves will remain the same.

Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Now it’s time to sew.

  1. Cut out your pattern.  I used 1.5 yards of fabric and barely had enough to squeeze the swing dress out of it. I would recommend having 2 yards just to be safe!
  2. Grab your front and back dress pieces.  Right sides together, sew the shoulders together.
  3. Right sides together, sew the sleeves.  You’ll have to ease the sleeves into the dress slightly stretching them to fit.
  4. Sew the side seams, right sides together.
  5. Add a neck band, there’s a great tutorial here on what size you should cut your neck band and how to sew it into your dress.
  6. Hem bottom of dress and finish sleeves.

Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Your swing dress is done and ready to be worn!  I hope you are enjoying summer…and staying cool!  If you need a little more summer dress inspiration, Melissa from Melly Sews has a great series of bloggers featuring 30 different sundresses.  They have been great!

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Swing Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift